About Tom Wolzien
Since 1968, Tom Wolzien has spent a career in news, line operations, executive management, intellectual property development and Wall Street analysis of the media, cable, and communications industries.
He created Wolzien LLC In the summer of 2005, after spending nearly 14 years as a high profile sell-side analyst of large publicly traded media and cable companies for the Wall Street research firm of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, more than 15 years at NBC, and early years at local television stations and running an Army combat photography operation in Vietnam.
At Bernstein, Wolzien was internationally recognized for his ground breaking research into the impact of industrial trends on media and communications companies. For example, in 1995 he was the first on Wall Street to identify the potential of the cable modem and, later, cable telephony. He was ahead of the curve in predicting advertising downturns (2000), the huge growth in political issue advertising (2003 for the 2004 election), and in 2004, the potential of the "internet bypass" or over the top delivery of video to consumers via broadband connection.
In addition to briefing senior managements of major media and communications companies, Wolzien has testified before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. He has discussed major industrial changes on the news programs of all major broadcast networks and the 24 hour cable news and business channels. And he has been quoted widely in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and Business Week.
From 1976 to 1991 Wolzien worked in production and executive management of network news and in corporate business development at NBC. Duties at NBC News ranged from White House field producer, to the producer in charge of the Nightly News investigative unit, and to executive producer of major news programs including prime time magazine and special event programs and Nightly News Weekend. He covered presidential election campaigns and ran news coverage and operations of major events ranging from Mideast peace initiatives in the Began-Sadat era to the nuclear problems at Three Mile Island. He was the executive in charge of production for election night telecasts. As an NBC News vice president, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the division including early computer graphics, global computerization. and the introduction of the world's first x-y tracking studio robots. He was a "national table" contract negotiator for NBC at multiple technical and guild negotiations during the difficult transition period in the mid and late 1980s. Moving into NBC corporate management as Senior Vice President of Cable and Business Development, he was part of the team that started CNBC and negotiated programming partnership deals with the cable industry.
Multiple patents have been awarded Wolzien (starting with 5,761,606) for his early interactive television inventions linking mass media and the web. He continues as an active inventor. In August 2010 he was awarded this latest US patent, 7,769,743, for an automated process to maximize the value of media assets in secondary markets.
In 2007, Wolzien became an independent director of TiVo, Inc., a public company, and was elected Lead Independent Director by the company's Board in December 2010.
Wolzien began his career as a news photographer, reporter, and producer at local television stations in Denver, Green Bay, and St. Louis owned by CBS, Time-Life, Pulitzer, and McGraw-Hill. At the CBS Owned Station in St. Louis he became one of the first producers of video and live local newscasts as the station was the nation's first to eliminate film in 1974. After graduating from the University of Denver in 1969 and completing Army Officer Candidate School, he served in Vietnam as officer in charge of an Army combat photography unit. In Vietnam, his duties ranged from leading small field teams of photographers to commanding a unit of 40 photographers charged with finding the war and recording it. Video he shot in Vietnam was aired by all the US commercial networks.
Wolzien is a Director of the International Radio and Television Society, a non profit media industry educational organization which specializes in education and minority recruitment of the next generation of media leaders. As evidence that he does not shy from thankless tasks, Wolzien serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals in his community.
He has been married for more than 40 years to Valerie Shelley Wolzien, the published author of some 25 mystery novels. They live in New York’s Hudson River Valley.
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